Project to be delivered in phases over 72 weeks to allow the library to continue to operate

Lancaster University Library

Fit out firm Styles & Wood has won the contract to deliver the £8.6m refurbishment of Lancaster University Library.

The Sheppard Robson-designed project will include creating a new atrium from the existing courtyard, installation of new furnishings as well as a reconfiguration of the library’s stairs and mechanical and electrical upgrades.

The renovation project will be undertaken on a phased basis and is due to complete in January 2016.

The phased approach to the contract will allow the 12,000 students to continue to use the library during the refurbishment period, which will last 72 weeks.

Styles & Wood recently delivered the £4.1 million refurbishment at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Tony Lenehan, chief executive of Styles & Wood, said: “This is a significant win for Styles & Wood in a key growth sector for a number of the group’s service lines, including design, energy and project delivery.

“The group has successfully secured £14.6m revenue in 2014 from the education sector.

“This compares with our first year’s trading in this new area in 2012 of £4.0m and further enhances a strong portfolio of quality reference projects. As such, combined with our expertise in working in live, occupied environments, we are now in an excellent position to secure future projects as institutions continue to review their property estates.”